George Munsey hits a stylish 177 as Grange beat Carlton

It was a good day for Grange all round ' with the bat and the ball. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
It was a good day for Grange all round ' with the bat and the ball. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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After he hit an amazing 177 not out on Saturday, Mazars Grange batsman George Munsey insisted that the most important thing was keeping his side’s unbeaten CSL Eastern Premiership run going rather than any personal glory.

With the way Carlton and Grange had both started the season the meeting of the two at Grange Loan was always going to be a cracker.

And the encounter did not disappoint despite the wind and the rain showers doing their best to make an impact on the proceedings.

Carlton batted first and would have been fairly happy to have posted 273-5 in 49 overs, Scotland skipper Preston Mommsen leading the way with 116 and Steve Gilmour weighing in with 59.

However, openers Munsey, who is 22, and Caiden Lang forged a brilliant 237 run partnership for the first wicket, Munsey showing a full array of shots and being the dominant partner as he sailed past the century mark while wicketkeeper Lang supported well with 57. The link-up came to an end when Ali Evans bowled South African Lang, but by then the damage had been done.

In the end Grange won by eight wickets and this performance was a real statement of intent to the rest of the division - captain Andrew Brock and his charges saying ‘catch us if you can’.

Munsey said: “We knew that Carlton had batted quite well, but there is always a good chance to chase down a total at Grange Loan because it is a good batting wicket and the boundaries are quite short.

“I thought the Carlton bowlers bowled well early on to myself and Caiden, so we had to bide our time and hit the bad ball when it came. It was key that we rode out that spell and then we were able to open our shoulders a bit and play a few more shots. I have been batting pretty well this season and I was feeling comfortable out there so I just kept going and going. I had plans regarding what shots I wanted to play against which bowler and thankfully they came off.

“Of course it is always good to score runs, but this result was all about the team. We have a really good unit this season and now we just have to keep on going and keep up the high standards we have set ourselves.”

Elsewhere in the top flight on Saturday it was a bad afternoon on the road for Heriot’s, Watsonians and RH Corstorphine.

Heriot’s lost out at Arbroath, Watsonians went down at Autoecosse Forfarshire and, despite 88 from Ozzie Malik, RH Corstorphine remain winless after being edged out at Aberdeenshire.

SMRH were humbled in the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship when they were bowled out for just 61 at leaders Glenrothes. Rizwan Akbar did the damage with five wickets while in the end the Fifers won by ten wickets.

Kashif Hussain played a captain’s innings for Edinburgh as they got back to winning ways in the league against Holy Cross at Arboretum.

Hussain hit 114 to set the visitors up for a 60 run triumph.

Jonny Brock made 49 not out to lead Mazars Grange II to a comfortable win over Murrayfield DAFS, Tom Foulds chipping in with a handy 46 too.

Carlton II’s good summer continued with a seven wicket victory away to Marchmont while Stuart&Stuart Penicuik beat Freuchie by eight wickets.

Ricky Davidson was the main man at Kirkhill with 81 not out to give Penicuik their third league win.